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Arrival of e-bikes throws wrench in the cycling community

Mixing newly popular motor bikes with their pedaled cousins — and pedestrians — alarms.

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Bike safety enforcement

It’s 1 p.m. and another cyclist has blown through the stop sign at the four-way stop near the Teton County Fairgrounds.

Over three hours, Jackson police officer Elijah Mattson returns to this Flat Creek Drive intersection again and again because it’s unfortunately fruitful for cycling infractions.

Bike safety

Lisa Smith-Batchen was training for the LOTOJA bicycle race July 3 when she was injured in a collision with an e-bike.

Bike safety enforcement

While patrolling the town of Jackson, officer Elijah Mattson arrives at the scene of a bike crash earlier this month, calling emergency services to transport the injured cyclist to the hospital. The Jackson Hole Police Department is cracking down on bike laws and educating the public on proper bike safety procedures.

Bike safety for middle schoolers

Jackson Hole Middle School eighth graders cycle along the course set up by Friends of Pathways during the nonprofit’s bike safety day in June 2022, when students learned the rules of the road for cyclists as well as important safety lessons.

Bike safety enforcement

A confused Cameron Taylor is issued a warning by officer Elijah Mattson after failing to come to a stop at an intersection earlier this month. “I’ve never been pulled over on a bike before,” Taylor said as Mattson explained the reason for the traffic stop.

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Kate Ready covers criminal justice and emergency news. Originally from Denver, Kate studied English Literature at UC Berkeley and is excited to bring her love for the mountains and storytelling to Jackson.

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James Peck

Weird that mine is the first comment here. My ebike has changed my life, and I ride it to work every day. I'm sure this is the same for many other conscientious commuters. Ebikes actually make it easier to follow the rules, because re-starting from a stop sign is much easier, and re-accelerating after slowing down for others is the same. Alas, the roads and pathways are full of those who are only interested in the full-throttle experience, and mix them in with children on these motorcycles and you get an alarmist article like this. More signs are needed to remind people about bells and etiquette, and kids who break the rules should have their ebikes taken away. I can't even imagine the liability involved when little Johnny wrecks with his friend Charlie riding on the back without a helmet and puts him in a coma.... And I'll take this chance to chide all those "cool" parents riding around at full speed with their kids on the back: Why don't you wear a helmet and make your kids wear theirs? Really. Why?

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